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Addey Vaters

What makes up a person? Too many things to count, but here are some of those uncountable things.

I also like old buildings — make that number eleven?

Although I said in my subtitle that there are too many things that make up a person to count, I am going to count a few things here. That is, perhaps, the first thing about me: I am, at times, a walking contradiction.

The second thing, then, is that I like to write. Obviously, since I am writing this, and since I have written numerous articles about writing. I like writing and talking about the written word — writers and readers are truly magical.

A third thing on the list about myself is that I like connectedness. As I mentioned…

Anecdote | Animal rescue

Rescuing a cat isn’t always glamorous, but it’s so, so worth it.

Image by the author of Copper (left) and Cinders (right)

I’ve had three cats in my life so far. One, Mitsy, was a little tuxedo kitten who showed up in the under-construction suburb of Nashville my family lived in while I was growing up. She was an amazing cat who lived with our family, and then me, for sixteen years before passing away last year.

The second cat, Cinders, is the first cat I adopted on my own after moving out of my parents’ house. She comes from the streets of Pueblo, Colorado, where a friend of one of my mom’s coworkers works with the Humane Society to do TNR…

How you present yourself matters, even if you aren’t suiting up for traditional job interviews.

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In the world of entrepreneurship, you might not be spending your time in daily work meetings and going to job interviews. Sure, there are always important meetings in any working professional’s life — entrepreneur or not — but they tend to look a little less traditional for entrepreneurs. My meetings and events for my small business, borrowed solace, an online literary journal, consist of attending conferences and hosting online workshops. This understandably looks very different from any of the job interviews or meetings I have had in my traditional brick-and-mortar jobs. …

Sometimes it seems like there’s not much you can do when stress is coming from external factors, but there’s always something you can control.

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For a long time, I wasn’t the best at handling stress. I don’t think you could say I was the worst at handling stress, but I didn’t handle it well. So, as you can imagine, when I found myself in a job that did anything but help me manage my stress, I went into a bit of a downward spiral.

But even those things in life that are very difficult to navigate can teach us lessons. …

My curation ratio was down, but my output was up.

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Medium has been one big science experiment to me lately. I’m trying to look at my articles like a chemist would look at a formula to determine what’s working, and what’s not, then modify my original hypothesis and try again.

In April, I changed my Medium formula by increasing the number of articles I wrote and published. I published eleven articles, which is the most I’ve published in a single month since starting on Medium, and I experimented with publishing poetry as well as creative nonfiction and the typical writing articles that always perform the best for me.

So now…

The key is to actually write

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So you’re writing a novel. Or thinking about writing a novel. Either way, you have dreams of becoming a published novelist one day and making the New York Times best-seller list (don’t we all?) But every time you decide to start writing — for real, this time — something happens and you don’t end up sticking with it.

I’ve mentioned before that my boss, who is not a writer, mentioned in one of our weekly meetings that writers write — something he’s told his son who has aspirations of becoming a writer. It might seem like a silly motto, but…

Writing may be an individual sport, but that doesn’t mean you can’t develop your own team to weather the industry

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Writing is a solitary business. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard that adage before. Writing is, simply by nature of the craft, something most of us actually do alone. I recently was watching an interview on YouTube where this very thing was briefly mentioned, and how collaboration can not only make the business less lonely, but also build multiple income streams. This interview got me thinking about why we make writing into such a lonely business, and how we can change that.

The funny thing is, I don’t think I’ve ever personally considered writing a lonely business. There are…

As a pantser who is wholly (and woefully) unorganized, I say yes

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If you’ve been in the writing world for long, you’ve probably heard about the various writing software out there that is tailored specifically to writers. Long gone are the days of writing a novel in Microsoft Word alone (well, those days aren’t gone for everyone.)

I first heard about writing software — the most infamous one of them all, I suppose, Scrivener — when I attended my first writing conference in 2015 (which seems like about a million years ago now, but that’s beside the point.) …

Sometimes, I learn things from TikTok. And now you can, too!

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Something I learned in 2020 is that medical bills are expensive. Even with insurance, for a simple medical procedure or office visit, you can sometimes be left with several hundred dollars worth of medical bills. If you live in America, you know that our healthcare system is convoluted and a mess to try and figure out. I would know — I found out first-hand last year when I went to physical therapy two times and ended up with $300+ in medical bills (it still makes me cringe.)

Before we dive into how a TikTok helped me write off the bulk…

Addey Vaters

Lover of cats and drinker of tea. Poetry editor & podcast host at borrowed solace. Words in Adroit Journal, Vita Brevis, & others.

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